I decide to go and look for breakfast. I find a cafe called Caffe Due Merli Savona in a small street near a church and escape from the rain in there. I order a latte and two croissants with a marmalade filling. Well, this is how the lady describes it, but to me it tastes like apricot rather than the orange I am used to. Continue reading
At the bus stop I meet Joyce from Tiawan who is having a few weeks travelling around Europe. As she is going to Milan we sit together on our train from Sargans to Zurich When we reach Zurich there’s some confusion about the train to Milan. It looks like it has been cancelled because it was so badly delayed getting to Zurich from Italy. Continue reading
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My flight to Lisbon was fairly trouble free. The journey to my hostel on the other hand was a bit more challenging. I’d arrived when the streets were busy and there were a lot of hills to climb before I finally found Oasis Mansion Hostel. I suspect my GPS was taking me the long way. I get there just after 8.30pm and I’m greeted with a fast check-in, guided tour of the mansion which is very nice and homely, and to top it off a welcome drink.
This was not to be the one and only drink of the night. I had a few drinks at the hostel bar thanks to Taylor who is looking after the bar and making some suggestions of local drinks that I really need to try. A large group of us head out in a big group for a sort of pub crawl, but more precisely a group drinking night.
The atmosphere is good and it doesn’t take long to make a few new friends. I manage to get separated from the group with a Dutch guy who has also been on the pub crawl. Eventually we are found and directed to the next drinking spot by Chris who works at the hostel and is leading the pub cawl.
It’s been a long night of drinking with few memories towards the end. I get back at around or after 4am I think. And have no idea how I managed to do it. A fantastic night, but tomorrow is going to be painful.
So day 3 of my travels and I feel rough after the night of boozng until 4am. To make things worse I look at my phone thinking it’s 8.30am when in fact it’s 1030 and checkout is 11am.
I get a quick shower and say bye to Rodrigo who I had been drinking with last night and the two Polish guys who were sharing the room.
I get out at just gone eleven and make my way to the bus station thinking that I know where it is. In fact I don’t. I ask someone and they suggest I get a tram. I walk a bit further and then decide to take their advice. A helpful lady tells me to get a 2 or 4 and get off at the third stop. When I get off another helpful lady says she is going there and I can follow her.
I get my bus and even though its very nice I’m not looking forward to the more than 4 hours to Riga.
Luckily I survive it and get to the Naughty Squirrel hostel thanks to their accurate direction. I am planning to explore and take some pictures. This is going to be tough. Can’t see myself touching any beer tonight. I also need to be on a bus to Vilnius at 8.30am in the morning!
The first night of sleep on the boat has been good and I’m looking forward to breakfast. The shower is pretty amazing too. A nice hot shower in a proper shower cubicle with slate floor on a junk. I am liking this.
We have to change to a day boat and go off for a few activities. We don’t even get time to say goodbye to the people who are only on the 2 day trip. I get on the day boat and the captain offers me a small cup of hot liquid that looks like green. tea. I take a sip. It isn’t green tea. I am still not sure what it is so I abandon the cup when I get the chance as the other board the boat.
We go off to a beach with a great lookout point up about 400 steps. Sadly the lookout isn’t as good for us as it’s still a bit misty. Then we head off to another area for some kayaking. It’s an odd number so I get my own kayak. We are led by a French couple we picked up from another boat on the understanding that they have done this. It turns out they haven’t, but the route isn’t tough. we go through some caves and get some amazing sights. We go through the night and day caves. In the rainforest above there are monkeys jumping between trees. I am too blindy to see them, but I can hear them.
We arrive back at out day boat and enjoy a lovely lunch. Our guide for the day looks like a Vietnamese Elvis. We relax on the top deck on the deck chairs and look at all of the boats and rock formations in the mist. Our last stop of the day is at another lookout point. Elvis tells us that it’s 121 steps. It is more.
I’ve been getting to know the people who have stayed both nights. A couple from England Niall and Jo, and 2 friends from Australia Kirsten and Roweena. When we finally return to our main AClass boat we find lots of new people on-board, they are loud and not very friendly so we decide to grab a table for 5 and keep ourselves to ourselves.
Later we head to the upper deck and relax at a table listening to music and drinking some cheaper drink that Niall and Jo have smuggled on-board.
Finally we all decide to get some sleep ready for the final day.